Thinking and God’s Will

For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness. Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.

(1 Thessalonians 4:3-8 ESV)

The will of God for our lives is our sanctification. We are to be sanctified, set apart, made holy. What does that look like? I posted last time that we should be thinking, speaking, acting and desiring differently than the world. I want to, in brief, write about how to think like a holy and set apart people.

How do we think like a holy and set apart people? How do we give our minds to God so that our thoughts are sanctified?

The Bible has numerous passages for helping us know this. I want bring up just one passage and make a few comments.

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:8-9 ESV)

To sanctify our minds is to meditate or think about things that are true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, or worthy of praise. As Christians, the one person or being that you can meditate upon and find that all these things are in every aspect of their life/work is Yahweh, especially Yahweh revealed in the person of Jesus Christ. Want to know what is true? Listen to Christ. Want to know what is honorable? Watch Jesus. Want to know who is just? See what Jesus did on the cross. Who is pure and blameless? Jesus Christ. Want to see the most lovely thing? Turn to Christ. Jesus’ ways are all commendable and excellent and the work he has done is worthy of our praise.

If you want your mind to be sanctified to the fullest you must work through every thought, concept, every belief, idea, thought, word, sentence, and pattern in your mind. You must redefine and order all things after the definitions and truth’s of God. We must make God’s definition of love our definition. We must make God’s definition of truth our definition of truth. What does God say about man? What does God say about sin? What does God say about the problem with humanity? We must ask questions and seek for the answer that God has.

I’ll use an example. We may think that someone who reads their Bible is worthy of praise. Someone who knows the Bible well must be someone God loves, right? If you believe this you’re wrong. Just because someone knows scripture doesn’t mean they are living or believing scripture. Jesus argued with Satan about what certain passages said and meant. Satan knew the scripture. At certain points Satan even understood the passages correctly. But it wasn’t commendable because Satan was using scripture and his knowledge of it to argue for his own doctrine. I would argue Satan knows scripture better than any human. That doesn’t make him a friend of God. Knowledge of scripture doesn’t commend us to God, it is Jesus Christ that commends us to God.

Even if someone understands or knows more of the Bible, it doesn’t mean they are God’s child. Let God define who his children are, not man. Don’t say a person is a Christian based off of their understanding of scripture. Instead, you’ll know a child of God by their fruit.

What is the fruit of a Christian? I’m not going to answer that. That’s something we must let God define for us. Of course this means that we must know scripture, but that doesn’t mean scripture is what saves us or makes us something. It’s God who does that. We must use scripture to order our lives and shape our minds.

May you study the word so you know what it is God thinks about all things.

About TruthN

Husband. Father of one. Writer of fiction. Massage Therapist. Video Game, Comic Book, Fiction, and Non-Fiction enjoy'r. Reader of Theology. You may find him reading the Bible. View all posts by TruthN

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